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Mon, 11/24/2014 - 2:55pm

NPR's Eric Westervelt talks to Austen Ivereigh about his new biography of Pope Francis, "The Great Reformer".

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Sandwich Monday: The Thanksgiving Hot Durkey

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 2:20pm

For this week's Sandwich Monday, we make our own holiday turkey — out of hot dogs.

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Decades Later, Laurie Colwin's Books 'Will Not Let You Down'

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 1:49pm

A digital publisher has released a bounty of Colwin's books: four novels, three short-story collections and a collection of cooking essays. Colwin, who died in 1992 at age 48, had an "elusive magic."

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The Rise And Fall Of Comedian Bob Hope

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 1:43pm

Hope was a comedy trailblazer, but in his twilight years he alienated young audiences with his political views. "He had, unfortunately, stuck around too long," says Hope biographer Richard Zoglin.

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'Getting On' Star Niecy Nash: 'I Never Wanted To Be Funny'

Sun, 11/23/2014 - 4:36pm

Nash says it took her a long time to see her comedic side as a gift, but she finally embraced it. Now her role as Nurse Didi in the HBO comedy series has opened the door to more serious opportunities.

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After Injury, Tony Little Told Himself: 'You Can Do It!'

Sun, 11/23/2014 - 4:10pm

The muscle man with the ponytail was once on track to become Mr. America. But a car accident shattered Tony Little's hopes of competing. Just when he hit rock bottom, he got a life-changing idea.

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'Madagascar' Director Polishes His Penguin Voice

Sun, 11/23/2014 - 4:10pm

Tom McGrath, an executive producer of Penguins of Madagascar who also co-directed the first three films in the franchise, says he came to voice the part of the penguin Skipper kind of by accident.

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Making A Change To Keep A Constant Consonant

Sun, 11/23/2014 - 7:39am

Given two words, change the first consonant sound in each word to the same new consonant sound and you'll phonetically name two things in the same category.

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How John Safran Lost A Year In Mississippi

Sun, 11/23/2014 - 6:14am

God'll Cut You Down is a new book based on the tangled true story about the murder of a white supremacist by a black hustler. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with the book's author, John Safran.

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Reviving 'Allegro': Even Rodgers And Hammerstein Had Flops

Sun, 11/23/2014 - 6:14am

Allegro arrived on Broadway with a cast of close to 100 and the biggest advance ticket sales in Broadway history at the time. But reviews were mixed and the musical only lasted a season.

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These Tales Of Transformation Are Both 'Rich And Strange'

Sun, 11/23/2014 - 6:03am

Ron Rash's latest collects 34 of his best short stories; critic Alan Cheuse says they're searingly beautiful, "as if someone has taken a stick from a blazing fire and pressed it into your hand."

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Not My Job: We Ask 'Real Housewives' Producer Andy Cohen About House Flies

Sat, 11/22/2014 - 9:23am

Andy Cohen is host of Watch What Happens Live and also the Bravo producer responsible for the Real Housewives franchise. He'll play a game called "Bzzz ... bzzz ... bzzz."

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What We Learn When Find Silence

Sat, 11/22/2014 - 6:51am

From NPR's Guy Raz, host of the TED Radio Hour: the story of environmentalist John Francis, who took a 17-year vow of silence — and what he learned about the power of quiet.

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Author Wrestles With Wolves In 'Treat Us Like Dogs'

Sat, 11/22/2014 - 6:51am

NPR's Scott Simon talks to Carolyn Chute about her new novel, Treat Us Like Dogs and We Will Become Wolves. The book follows a reporter as she investigates a remote commune and its charismatic leader.

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'Recasting' India's Economic Policy For The Free Market

Sat, 11/22/2014 - 6:03am

Fortune India editor-at-large Hindol Sengupta's new book chronicles India's lurching progress away from a state-controlled economy to a more open system that encourages business and investment.

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In 'The Homesman,' Wind Is The Sound Of Insanity

Sat, 11/22/2014 - 1:03am

Two composers became instrument builders to score the film, set in the pioneer days of the American West. "We both knew what the movie sounded like. We just had to find it," Tommy Lee Jones says.

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These 'True Tales' Add Nuance To The Immigration Discussion

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 4:27pm

President Obama announced an executive action on immigration this week. For an in-depth look at the issue, author Gustavo Arellano recommends two nonfiction collections about Mexican immigrants.

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Benedict Cumberbatch: Code-Breaker Alan Turing Was A Puzzle Himself

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 2:49pm

Cumberbatch stars in The Imitation Game, as the British mathematician who helped break German codes. "It's a war thriller, it's a love story and a tragic testament to a genius wronged," he says.

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Thanksgiving, Frozen: A 6-Day Guide To What To Cook Ahead, And When

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 2:16pm

You don't have to leave all the cooking for Thursday. We offer tips for getting most of the meal ready in advance so you can sleep in a little later on the big day.

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For Alan Cumming, Life Is (Once Again) A Cabaret

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 12:21pm

This is the third time Cumming has starred in the musical. He talks about the new production — everything from his costume (which he calls a "Wonder Bra" for men) to the darker themes of the show.

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